Debating Orbán’s Victory
On April 6th 2014, Hungary held its seventh general election since the fall of communism. As a result the ruling party of Victor Orbán, Fidesz, received a total of 133 seats (out of 199) in the parliament. Coming in second is the opposition (centre-left) Unity party with 38 seats, and the far-right Jobbik party received 23 seats in parliament.
Since coming to power in 2010, Fidesz has been criticised for authoritarian tendencies and abusing its near-monopoly of power.
New Eastern Europe explores the two sides of the Hungarian election results with coverage on the political system in Hungary and interpretations from two Hungarian authors on the meaning of Fiesz’s most recent victory.
By: János Széky
“We live in an age of mass politics, so it would be no surprise for an authoritarian party to be re-elected, provided it improved the living standards of the masses. But Fidesz failed to do that also.”
By: Gergely Ternovszky
“Viktor Orbán and his government have reverted Hungary from its economic and social freefall onto the track of prosperity. Crisis management of the government has not only proved to be highly successful, but the country already started growing.”